I was standing in Charlotte, N.C. on the second day I had off from football for the short summer break listening to Rascal Flatts sing hit after hit during their stop in the other Queen City on their tour this summer. Rascal Flatts has a song called “Here’s to You” where they say their fans are “the reason we do what we do.” Now that our football season is over and I have some more time to share thoughts and opinions on NASCAR and more, I can tell you the reason we all do what we do, and some fun behind the scenes things from road trips this season.
|Myself and the 2016 UC video staff before our final home game|
We started working on August 1st, and haven’t taken a day off or away from the office since that day. That’s a period of four months. In that 122-day period we worked long hours to do everything we could in our office to help players, coaches and other staff members on a variety of projects.
If you follow me on Twitter or see any of my Snapchat stories on road trips you know I leave a day ahead of the team and I get the opportunity to get everything set at the road venue before the team arrives. Greg Bruner and myself will some day write a book about our adventures as the advance guys, getting things set at the hotel, assisting our equipment staff when they’ve needed help, and most of all, getting to navigate some of the cities we travel to using just a cell phone and some good guesswork.
Our job is so behind-the-scenes that one of our bus drivers (from Cincinnati) this past weekend in Tulsa admitted that even though he loved college football before he started driving our support staff bus on a regular basis to away games that you never realize as a fan all the logistics that go into a college football game. We have the opportunity to play 12 games a year, and very few folks get to see all the hard work that goes into a game—home or away—that makes what happens on your TV happen each and every week.
There’s doctors, equipment managers, trainers, video staff members and operations folks at each football playing school across the country. While none of us operate in the same way, most of us operate in similar ways, and each of the roles listed above (and even those I may have overlooked) all play a part in helping to put together a game experience for players and coaches, the real reason we all do what we do.
Being behind-the-scenes, as I have often mentioned here, is fine with most of us. We don’t need our name up in lights or even care to be mentioned by anyone in the media corps. We do what we do because we enjoy it, we love working with the folks we work with, and we enjoy seeing our players and coaches succeed on and off the field.
If we didn’t enjoy working with the people we worked with we wouldn’t have spent Thanksgiving Day in Tulsa, Oklahoma with our staff. We wouldn’t skip family parties and outings during the season (and “offseason”) if we didn’t enjoy our jobs and the reason we do what we do.
I haven’t updated the blog that often during the past 120-plus days because I’ve been working on a lot of things, work obviously being the top of that list. Other things I’ve been working on will soon be blog posts I’m sure (including the fact that hopefully soon I’ll be buying a house so I’ll write about that process through my eyes) and I hope I can get back to regular updates here on NASCAR and all the other things, both random and related, that I set out to write about many years ago.
The reasons we do what we do in this college football world are many. Players, coaches, staff and administrators all know the hours we put in, and we know the hours they put in as well as we all work toward our numerous goals. Seeing players develop on and off the field is fun. Getting to know coaches and players off the field is enjoyable as well.
To quote Rascal Flatts, “they’re the heart and the soul and the reason we do what we do.”